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NSW Police Minister and NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has welcomed the introduction of new deterrents aimed at reducing the number of drink-drivers on our roads.

Under the new laws, mid-range drink drivers will now spend at least three months disqualified and need to have an alcohol interlock installed in their vehicle for 12 months. If you are a repeat, high-risk drink driver, police will also have the power to take your number plates or vehicle on the spot.

“We all know there is no such thing as safe drink-driving and these new reforms are aimed at making people think twice about their choices,” Mr Grant said. “Unfortunately we have seen on too many occasions the horrendous ramifications of people having a couple of drinks and hopping behind the wheel. With Christmas coming up and the party season in full swing I encourage everyone to think about their actions and the impact they can have on the entire community.”

More than 50 people died in alcohol-related crashes last year, with mid-range drink drivers four times more likely to crash. Eighty-four per cent of those surveyed supported interlocks for drink driving offenders.